Replacement cartridge

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Jezep, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Jezep

    Jezep New Member Thread Starter

    Hi all,

    Sadly I've broken my Denon DL160 cartridge (a stylus cleaning mishap) and am looking for recommendations on a replacement under $500.

    I like the sound of the Denon but I'm thinking I might try MM types like the Audio-Technica VM740ML, Nagaoka MP-200 and Ortofon 2M bronze or black as they have good reviews and seem easier to fix and upgrade than any of the MC types.

    My TT is a Luxman PD284, phono stage a Schitt Mani and I listen to mainly rock, metal, blues and a bit of jazz on mainly old vinyl (but always clean).

    If anybody has experience with the above carts or any other types I should look into it would be much appreciated.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

    East TN
    I'd go Nagaoka or Audio-Technica VM 740 ML. Much better sounding than the Ortofon 2M Black, the Bronze is good, but way overpriced. The Audio-Technica MicroLine is a better sounding stylus than a Shibata, and tracks as good or better for less cash outlay. The Nagaoka and Audio-Technica are also good with your tonearm compliance wise.
  3. tochsii

    tochsii Active Member

    I’ll just put this out because, my neighbor kid just killed my Denon DL-110. A poster on Audiogon told me about Joseph.

    He buys carts, retips/rebuilds/repairs them & sells them. I just sold him my Denon & he even gave me some very good advice & education on mounting a Sumiko I got on Audiogon. I got
    $40.... which is waaay more than the trash can would have paid me.

    Also, dn’t let family con you into “oh that’ll be your Christmas gift”. It’s a daily NECESSITY... not a unnecessary splurge. You don’t give underwear for Christmas. It’s Analogous. lol Good luck with your new cart & I hope you enjoy the crap out of it.
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  4. Jezep

    Jezep New Member Thread Starter

    Think I will buy a Ortofon 2M Silver to get things up and running now and look to swap in a 2M bronze stylus when funds allow ( I've learnt that the 2M silver cart body has silver coils but uses the red stylus and therefore can be upgraded to near bronze/black specs with a stylus upgrade).
    I will send Joseph a message and see if he'll take my old Denon DL160 but I am in Australia so might not be worth the effort.
    Thanks for all your help.
  5. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Thanks for the link. I have a DL-160 that had lost it's diamond, and I asked him for a re-tip estimate.
  6. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

    Uppsala Sweden
    I recommend the Nag 200 for Jazz especially, it seems to do that great with really up front and clear imaging compared to the 110, or thats how I remember it. You might lose some depth in the process though.

    I also feel like it might be more low end EQ favored. If you prefer a brighter presentation the AT might be better. Never heard so I cant say, but Ive wanted to try one for those poorly EQd records.
  7. patient_ot

    patient_ot Forum Resident

    @Jezep, if you are in Australia you may want to ask Garrott Brothers about retipping. No personal experience, I just know they are there and are well regarded for retipping and their own carts.
  8. luckybaer

    luckybaer Thinks The Devil actually beat Johnny

    If I had money to burn, I'd have to try an VM740ML to see if it truly is a better sounding cart than the VM750SH.
  9. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

    East TN
    I prefer a ML to a SH on my best records (The Shibata is designed for, and excels at one purpose, CD-4 Quadraphonic records)
  10. Jezep

    Jezep New Member Thread Starter

    I've spoken with Garrott Brothers about retipping and catilever service but pricing makes this only worthwhile on more expensive carts.
    However they have a range of carts I'm considering (K3 or P77i) that seem to compare well with the Ortofon 2M blue/bronze.
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